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Working together to achieve more

The issue

The oil and gas industry recognizes that companies can better achieve sustainable development goals by working in partnership with others. Companies are collaborating increasingly with a range of partners including other business entities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic research institutes. Each partnership is unique and is shaped on the needs and demands of its stakeholders. There are common benefits from partnerships, such as: 

  • developing a facts-based approach to sustainable development issues
  • delivering high-quality project outcomes through participatory approaches
  • improving the societal and environmental aspects of projects
  • fostering innovation and helping to develop solutions for social problems such as lack of access to healthcare and education
  • increasing the reach and effectiveness of voluntary contributions in affected communities

IPIECA activities

IPIECA is involved and actively engaged in a number of partnerships.

  • The Global Initiative – an umbrella programme under which governments, through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the oil industry, through IPIECA, are working together to assist countries in developing national structures and capability for oil spill preparedness and response. The programme was officially launched in Cape Town in 1996. Read more. 
  • The Partnership for Clean Fuel and Vehicles (PCFV) – In 2001 IPIECA members started to work with governments to phase-out leaded gasoline in sub-Saharan Africa. The oil and gas industry initiated a process with the World Bank, UNEP and others by sponsoring the first regional conference in Dakar, Senegal, where 25 African governments agreed to phase out lead by the end of 2005. The UNEP-hosted PCFV was officially launched in 2002 as a public-private collaborative effort to help developing countries reduce emissions by eliminating lead in gasoline, reducing sulphur in transportation fuels and introducing cleaner vehicles. Today just a handful of countries continue to use leaded gasoline. As a result the Partnership was re-launched in 2012 and now aims to complete the final phase-out of leaded gasoline, reduce sulphur emissions and tackle diesel emissions, particulate matter and black carbon. Read more. 
  • The Proteus Partnership - Proteus is a partnership between oil and gas, mining and technology companies and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its goal is to promote and protect biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide. The partnership aids company decision-making related to biodiversity by sharing expertise developed through ongoing data compilation and providing products such as database tools and online resources.
  • The Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) – The VPSHR are a set of guiding principles, designed specifically for extractive industries, to promote respect for human rights in all security operations. The partnership has enabled government, industry and NGO partners to identify common interests and work constructively to address security and human rights concerns. The participants recognize the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world and the constructive role business and civil society can play in advancing these goals.

The IPIECA Partnerships factsheet and publication Partnerships in the oil and gas industry communicate how the oil and gas industry is using partnerships to respond to challenges of meeting global energy demand and to contribute to sustainable development. The publication explores the partnering process through challenges and lessons learned identified by IPIECA members and their partners in the forty case studies featured.

Member action

In the development of Partnerships for the oil and gas industry, IPIECA gathered a number of case studies illustrating challenges and lessons learned  by IPIECA members and their partners. To see these case studies please visit the dedicated case study page.